Curbed’s Historic Brooklyn Bike Tour Includes Eugene Boisselet House

Curbed has assembled a nifty bike tour of Brooklyn’s best 100 year old plus buildings – all located near Citi Bike docking stations. So after you take in Homer Fink’s Hidden Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour Saturday (6/1) morning, hop on a bike and hit those other historic sites. Stops in the Heights include the Brooklyn Historical Society, Herman Behr Mansion (both part of our walking tour), the Hotel St. George and 24 Middagh Street aka the Eugene Boisselet House which is currently in the midst of an exterior renovation:

Curbed: 1824. 24 Middagh Street may not be the most eye-catching house in Brooklyn Heights, but this Federal-style charmer is the oldest house in the ‘hood. It’s one of the best examples of New York’s wood-framed houses (outlawed in the Heights in 1852), and according to Charles Lockwood’s book Bricks and Brownstone (via Brownstoner), the house is “notable for its front doorway with its ‘delicately leaded toplight and sidelights and elegantly carved ornaments’ as well as its rear carriage house and charming garden.”

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  • Quinn Raymond

    Great idea!

  • Andrew Porter

    Errr… they finished the work on 24 Middagh Street about 6 months ago. I notice they didn’t replace the shutters on the Willow Street side. Perhaps they weren’t original, or they’re going to be replaced at some future date.

    The aged woman who lives there was there during the restoration of the outside.

  • BrooklynBugle

    Actually it’s still going on — still painting the exterior.

  • Cranberry Beret

    It’s not really a renovation and definitely not a restoration. As I understand it, they’re doing repair work to clear a couple of Landmarks violations received for letting the house’s exterior deteriorate. The stoop, most of the shutters and much of the trim was all rotted out. Their carpenter used a lot of stock Home Depot-type pieces for the stoop banisters which is unfortunate. However, I’m sympathetic to the situation (I didn’t offer up my own time and money, after all!) – I believe the kids who grew up in the house have now stepped in to help their mom after their dad died about 1-2 years ago.